Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail

RSW Regional Jail Authority
Front Royal, Virginia

Each faced with the plight of outdated, overcrowded local jails, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren Counties joined together to address their collective problems with a unified solution: replacing their individual local jails with a combined jail that served the entire region. The initial capacity accommodates 150 staff and 375 inmates, or 670 with double-bunking. The flexible design allows for additions to increase the inmate capacity to 918. It houses cells, dormitories, a full-service kitchen and laundry, a medical unit, intake and booking spaces, magistrate and administration offices, counseling rooms, classrooms, recreation areas, and support spaces for rehabilitative programs.

The facility earned LEED Silver certification through high-performance features including recycled building materials; a vacuum-assisted flushing system; a rainwater-collecting cistern;  as well as insulated pre-cast wall panels, light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures, and energy recovery technology.